Roses, Roses, and More Roses

I loved these little rose nail studs, but it took me forever to come up with a nail design I liked. These were inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I think they turned out amazing! (Side note: who else is ridiculously excited for the Emma Watson live action Beauty and the Beast movie?)


I started out with a base of Color Club Macaroon Swoon, which is a really buttery pale yellow. Then I stamped the rose design using Bundle Monster plate H16 (from the holiday collection) and (I think) SpaRitual Copper. I can’t remember the exact stamping color, but Copper’s still on my desk, so it’s the most likely suspect. The roses are from Born Pretty Store. I’ve never used any 3D nail decorations before (other than most flat studs and rhinestones), but these roses were really easy to use. Obviously, you can’t seal them with a topcoat, but they felt surprisingly secure with just a coat of Seche Vite. You can probably use nail glue on top of dry polish for an even longer lasting hold. I do have to say that they stuck up off the nail a bit more than I would prefer, but I thought they looked pretty cool anyway.


The nail studs can be purchased here from Born Pretty Store and are available in a bunch of different colors. I think the peach ones are really pretty, and the red and black ones would be great for some pretty vampy/gothic nail art! I’ve been ordering from Born Pretty Store since before I started this blog (over three years!) and they are still one of my go-to places to buy nail art supplies.

And, exclusively for TPS readers: use code PSQW10 to get 10% off your order!

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

Purple and Bronze

This mani was the result of me trying to put something together using the colors on my desk.  These were both semi-old (I think) colors that I recently picked up at T.J. Maxx and they’re really great.  I’m actually not a huge fan of the bronze polish on it’s own, but I absolutely love it in this gradient.  It might just be a gradient-only polish for me.

purple and bronze

The purple is Sation Super Nail-tural Powers.  I can only find Sation at T.J. Maxx (which is fine with me, because they’re only like $3), but I do generally like them.  I’ve heard great things about Sation, but it’s been pretty hit-or-miss for me.  This one is definitely a hit.  And the bronze is Sephora by OPI Rumba Romance.  Not sure where you can get this anymore, but if you find it, get it – if only because of it’s magical gradient powers.

purple and bronze

I was kinda going for a fall thing with the bronze, but, to me, this has almost an Arabian Nights vibe.  I absolutely love it!  I want to wear these colors in a gradient all the time.  Scrubbing sparkly bits of my fingers (gradient sponging hazard) is completely worth it in this case.


Tomboy is the second polish from Windestine’s Little Women collection.  I’m a huge fan of navy polish for fall, and this one is a perfect sparkly option.  So pretty!


Tomboy is a deep blue jelly polish with blue, green, and copper glitter.  I used three coats here.  Formula is a little thick, but not too bad.  I used OPI Brisbane Bronze as accent nails to bring out the copper glitter in Tomboy.


Windestine is one of my favorite indie brands, and I am loving the Little Women collection!  I can’t wait to show you the rest of the collection 🙂

Army Green

Military is always a big trend for fall, and it’s definitely one of my favorites.  So this year, I thought I’d try it out on my nails.  I love these colors together – they are definitely fall appropriate.  And I need all the “fall” I can get in this heat wave.

army green

I used OPI Uh-Oh, Roll Down the Window (awesome name, right?) as my base. The stamping was done with Mash plate 42 and SpaRitual Slate.  The color block nails were done with scotch tape and SpaRitual Slate.  And the glitter on my middle finger is Windestine Girl With the Best Smile.

army green

I really love the color block nails – definitely something i need to try again (even though I ripped my polish off on the first two attempts).


Enchanted Forest

I created this manicure on a whim, because I found some makeup sponges in a drawer (I thought I was out) and wanted to use some of my new polishes.  So I randomly sponged on some metallic and shimmer polishes, and I think it turned out really pretty.  The colors remind me of a sparkly forest – I love this combo!

enchanted forest

I started with OPI Black Onyx and then sponged on Essie For the Twill of It, SpaRitual Howl, and SpaRitual Rhythm of Life.

enchanted forest

I really like these colors together.  They’re still dark and shimmery and vampy, but still really interesting.

What Wizardry is This?

I finally caved and bought a textured polish.  Actually I bought two, but this is the only one I really like.  It is called What Wizardry is This? and it’s from the new Oz: The Great and Powerful collection from OPI.  I love that it seems to be more metallic and shimmery than the super glittery textured polishes from the Mariah Carey collection (and even the Zoya ones, which all seem to have silver glitter in them).  I also really love the blackened bronze color.  I definitely think I prefer darker textured polishes for some reason –  can’t wait to get my hands on Vesper from the new Bond Girls collection.

what wizardry is this?

Unless you apply super thin coats, this takes a really long time to dry (and fast-drying topcoat would ruin the finish), so I would definitely recommend thinner coats with this.  I did three here, but you might be able to get away with two.

It’s definitely textured, but not as much as I thought it would be.  Kind of like a fine grit sandpaper or a coarse nail file.  In the light, the texture is more obvious and it kind of reminds me of the China Glaze microglitters (I’m Not Lion, Champagne Kisses, etc.).

what wizardry is this?

What do you think about the new textured polish trend?  I’m not completely on board yet, but I do really like the subtler versions (I also want to try the Nails Inc. Leather Effect polishes).  The other textured polish I got is Zoya Godiva, which I thought I would love, but I’m still on the fence about it.

If you’ve tried any textured polishes, what are your favorites?  I know there are a lot out there (Nails Inc, OPI, Zoya, Milani, Orly), and I would like to try a few different versions.

Die Another Day

I love James Bond.  I grew up watching the movies with my dad, so they hold a special place for me.  Plus, I graduated in 2007, and my class loved to say we were the class of ‘007.  So I had to buy the OPI James Bond collection when it came out.  Right?

Die Another Day wasn’t one of the colors I was all that excited about when I first got it.  So it sat in a drawer for a few months.  And then one day I decided to wear it.  And I completely regretted letting it sit in a drawer for that long.  It’s so gorgeous!


It kind of reminds me a little bit of the OPI classic, I’m Not Really a Waitress, but this is lighter and much more orangey.  I’m not usually a fan of metallic shades like this, but I really love it!

This was two coats of Die Another Day with topcoat.


What’s your favorite polish from the Skyfall/James Bond collection?

Fair Game

This is one of those polishes that I didn’t really like when I first saw it, but picked up on a whim, and then ended up loving.  It happens a lot.  Fair Game was released in one of Essie’s resort collections a few years ago, but I found it in a new display at Rite Aid a couple of weeks ago.  It’s a really pretty blue-ish pewter color with a very nice metallic finish.

fair game

This is two coats of Fair Game with topcoat.  The formula was excellent, especially for a metallic.  If you’re careful, it’s easy to avoid brushstrokes, which is amazing!

This is not the sort of polish I typically wear, metallics tend to be too flashy for me, but this one is really nice.  It’s very soft-looking.

fair game

What do you think?  Are you a fan of metallic polishes?

Advent Calendar Day 4 – Silver

I’m usually pretty uncomfortable wearing metallic polishes, especially silver.  They’re just too bright and flashy for me.  So I didn’t really know what I wanted to do for today’s post.  But then I remembered I had gotten China Glaze Glistening Snow (from the Holiday Joy collection), which is gorgeous.  But removing ten full glitter nails didn’t sound very appealing, and I wanted to do something a little bit different, so this is what I came up with.  I actually ended up really liking it!

silver dots

For all my nails except my ring fingers, I used Essie No Place Like Chrome.  I got this polish for stamping, and it is definitely excellent for that purpose.  This is one coat!  The ring fingers and dots  are China Glaze Glistening Snow.

This kind of reminds me of glitter wrapping paper.  I really love the texture – I decided not to add topcoat because I loved the way that the glitter dots were raised.


And here’s a super close, blurry picture so you can see the awesome holographic sparkly-ness of Glistening Snow:

silver dots

What’s your favorite silver polish?

Advent Calendar Day 3 – Green

I absolutely love with how these turned out!  They’re two parts Christmassy, one part preppy.  They remind me of expensive wrapping paper.  For my green polish, I decided to go with China Glaze Glittering Garland.  This is the first time I’ve used it, and I really love it!  It’s gorgeous!  And I especially love the combination of the green and gold.  It’s definitely sparkly, but still sort of earthy at the same time.

green & gold reindeer

I started with two coats of China Glaze Glittering Garland, and then stamped the deer with Bundle Monster Plate 214 and Essie Good as Gold.  I used the single deer stamp to make my own pattern and, while I could definitely benefit from some practice, I think it turned out really well.

green & gold reindeer

This is one of those manis that is completely distracting – I can’t stop staring at my nails!